PROF Bruce Oswald

PROF Bruce Oswald


  • Academic, Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Law
  • International Peace and Security (Peace Operations, Military Operations, Civil Police Operations, International Dispute Settlement)
  • Military Law



  • Bruce "Ossie" Oswald is a Professor and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law in the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne.

    His interests in law and practice are in the areas of international humanitarian law, peace operations, state building, accountability and responsibility, and the application of human rights law to military operations. More specifically, his interests are in examining the law and practice surrounding the protection of civilians, the taking and handling of detainees during military operations, and militias undertaking law and order functions.

    Ossie has served in the Australian Regular Army as a legal officer. He has seen operational service in Rwanda, the Former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has provided legal advice and held staff appointments as a legal officer at tactical, operational and strategic levels. During his service in Australia he provided legal advice to the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, Headquarters Australian Theatre, Strategic Command and Directorate of Operations and International Law. Ossie continues to serve in the Army Reserves as a legal officer.

    For his service as the Legal Officer for the Australian Contingent serving in Rwanda, Ossie was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC).

    In 1997 Ossie worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Former Yugoslavia.

    Ossie was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow (October 2012 - June 2013) at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, USA.


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • LLM, University of London 1998
  • LLB, The Australian National University 1989
  • MA, University of Kent at Canterbury 1985
  • BBus, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1982



Available for supervision

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